What does Attachment mean?
Attachment is an emotional bond with another person. Bowlby believed that the earliest bonds formed by children with their caregivers have a tremendous impact that continues throughout life. He suggested that attachment also serves to keep the infant close to the mother, thus improving the child’s chances of survival.
Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, particularly long-term relationships, including those between a parent and child and between romantic partners.
What Attachment Therapy Can Help With
Attachment therapy can help if you have symptoms of an attachment disorder. Consider whether you:
- Struggle to make meaningful connections with others
- Find it difficult to be emotional vulnerable
- Often leave relationships prematurely due to fear
- Worry about abandonment in your relationships
- Worry your partner doesn’t love you despite their words/actions
- Find yourself a “serial dater” because you’re afraid to be alone
- Feel distraught in relationships, especially as they become more intimate
- Have poor self-esteem
Benefits of Attachment Therapy
Attachment therapy can help you address some of the unconscious, lingering issues from your childhood that still impact your ability to form meaningful relationships as an adult.